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"Reprinted verbatim from the first edition which contained (pp. 1-82) entitled "The Essenes"--T.p. verso
March 27, 2013 Subject:
Significance of Ginsburg's hidden knowledge
This is an interesting work, as much as for the contents, as for who the author is. Ginsburg was one of the foremost authorities on historic Judaism (the actual kind practiced in the Old Testament), and also on the accuracy of Hebrew Manuscripts used for the composition of the Old Testament. Ginsburg is the author of the famous reference work Introduction to the Masoretico-critical edition of the Hebrew Bible (study of ancient manuscripts).
Since the New Testament is between 40% to 60% of the Old Testament simply requoted, the issue of which Ancient manuscripts are reliable (versus which ones are not) is rather central. And since the Prophecies of the books of the prophet Daniel, the prophet Ezekiel ;, the prophet Isaiah ;, and Joel are in the Old Testament, and they must be read alongside the book of Revelation ; (which is the last book of the New Testament), ( basic teachings of same ); , those manuscripts used for those Old Testament books is rather important. Good manuscripts = good chance at understanding the content. But bad or false manuscripts will mean dead ends, confusion, and wrong answers. For those with an interest in prophecy ;, outcomes that are NOT predictive nor accurate tend to be Bad.
So the work of Ginsburg is important. It is especially important in the context of the Kabbalah. What Ginsburg explains is how the Jewish people got along quite well WITHOUT the Kabbalah and the Zohar for more than 1000 years after the time of Christ, until some of them were seduced by disembodied spirits ; (usually that means demons) and power. The result was not enlightenment but delusion ;. Whether modern Judaism has turned itself upside down and inside out, in order to follow the Talmud and the Zohar can be debated. But Ginsburg explains that for thousands of years prior to that, Jews had traditions and truth that actually were much older and had genuine spiritual power, and actually from God.